Coming Persecutions

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Reflections Today

Coming persecutions

Matthew 10:16-23

JESUS said to the Twelve "Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves. But beware of people, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings for My sake as a witness before them and the pagans. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

"Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by all because of My name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to another. Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes."

The WORD Today

Jesus knew acceptance and rejection during His public ministry. He had great success in Capernaum and the surrounding regions but He would also be rejected in His hometown Nazareth. He became a cause of division, and He would say, "I have come to bring not peace but the sword" (Mt 10:34).

Here, He warns the apostles that as His messengers they will encounter both rejection and acceptance. …